At last, a place to vent my frustration with like-minded people. Am I alone in my obsession with book sizes, in particular paperbacks? I hate tradebacks (roughly 8 x 5 inches) but new releases just aren't published in the nice compact mass market size anymore (7 x 4.5 inches). I was looking at a paperback on amazon recently - a book I really really want, but was horrified when I looked at its dimensions - a hugemongous 9 x 6 inches! - this in my silly, obsessed little mind meant that I couldn't buy it. Mass Market size is just perfect for a paperback. They fit in your sack or even coat pocket and also the way they sit in your hand is perfect. Why has the trend moved so strongly towards the Cumbersome and ugly tradeback?